Spring fever has hit our household in more ways than one…there is a definite collective longing for the lazy, unstructured days of summer starting to develop but poor Rudy also came down with the yucky kind of fever making him pretty miserable for the past few days.
There was a staff shuffle within the district that resulted in a nurse switch for Rudy and last Friday was his first day with Nurse Viviana. Sadly, he came down with a fever and was sent home from school early that day and hasn’t been back to school yet. (Sorry for the crummy first week of Rudy duty Viviana!) His symptoms were typical of the viral infections he gets from time to time so we hunkered down to wait for it to run it’s course. Usually Rudy responds by sleeping but this time around he was pretty inconsolable and he found it difficult to find a comfortable position which resulted in 4 days and nights of fitful, sporadic rest. His fever didn’t respond to the Motrin/Tylenol regimen so I took him to see his pediatrician today for help.
It looks like Rudy is battling multiple infections…a viral infection for sure and 2 unrelated bacterial infections (ear and strep). 😦 He’s on amoxicillin now so hopefully it will start working on the bacterial infections quickly allowing his body to rest while the viral infection takes care of itself. Rudy needs to be on the antibiotic for 48 hours before he can go back to school so maybe he’ll be able to return to school on Friday…to nurse Viviana and all his friends he’s missing! 🙂
We sure appreciate prayer for complete healing and lots of much needed rest. Thank you friends!!
I have to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to the man who has taken most of our pictures for retrieving our pictures after a computer snafu a couple of weeks ago!!! Thank you Greg 🙂 It’s a huge relief to have IPhoto again and I’m back in “blog” action with a series of fun photos from this month. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
(Easter included a great outdoor church service in the am and the traditional Easter Basket Hunt in the afternoon followed by a fun bbq with friends in the evening!)
(Wilson hit a MAJOR milestone birthday this month!!!)
(April has been a month filled with celebrity encounters…)
(We saw a whole stadium full of super stars on Friday at the Special Olympics track and field event in Santa Barbara! It was such a fun morning with lots of special friends…)
There are so many big things going on this spring…birthdays, weddings, spring sports, the “end of the school year” events we look forward to every year as well as all the “extras” of a graduating senior! Rudy has a pretty long list of appointments too…we saw his neurology and GI specialists last week, we have an appointment this week with Dr. Harake (cardiology) and appts with the Endocrinologist, UCLA Dental Clinic and UCLA Heart Clinic in May. Unfortunately, Rudy will be missing quite a bit of school due to the appointments coming up but our goal is to pace ourselves, stay focused and finish this school year WELL. The countdown to summer is ON!!
Oh my, So many BIG things going on in the life of our family….sadly, I’m experiencing some computer problems and I may have lost my pictures from the past year (Noooooooo! Praying they can be retrieved). I’ll have to wait to post a longer update but for now I just wanted to post this precious moment I captured yesterday at the a Special Olympics. Rudy was NOT motivated to participate….especially with the large crowd of cheering spectators yelling on the sidelines. He did, however, perk up when he saw Coach Galvan (his Adaptive PE Teacher) and all of a sudden he was all smiles! Way to go Coach! Way to go Special Olympics!
Either Christmas came early for Rudy this year or the Easter Bunny has a HUGE basket in which to carry his goodies because Rudy hit the jackpot this week…so much so that even the big kids expressed feeling a little jealous! Thanks to the Manning family and the dear folks at Kisses from Katie, Rudy was gifted his very own IPad with accessories and adapted therapy tricycle!!!
We are deeply grateful to Kisses from Katie for choosing to bless Rudy so generously with equipment that is not only therapeutic and practical but also SO MUCH FUN!!! The day after we got Rudy’s bike, Max, Olivia and I were on our bikes riding around in circles with Rudy in our cul-de-sac and for the first time EVER, we caught a vision of our family going on a bike ride alongside Rudy in our neighborhood. It sounds simple and mundane but for a kid who couldn’t keep his feet on the peddles of a bike less than a week ago, it’s a miracle to see him riding independently with the extra support and peddle straps on his Rifton trike! And for a kid who doesn’t have the fine motor skills to control a pencil or manipulate a computer screen with a mouse, it’s a miracle to watch him effortlessly navigate touch screen technology and play alphabet games on an IPad! We are confident this equipment will help Rudy progress developmentally in addition to bring him great joy. Thank you Kisses from Katie…thank you Alan and Vickie…thank you sweet Katie Manning whose precious life we are reminded of every day! We are humbled!!
Thank you, too, for the sweet comments and prayers and expressions of encouragement I’ve received since my last blog post! It’s definitely a daily challenge to keep things in perspective but the outpouring of love and encouragement is certainly a blessing. Having a week off from school and therapy and dr. appts this week has been good for my soul…wish we could extend spring break just a little bit longer. 🙂
Here are a few more highlights from the past couple of weeks…
Well, I guess it’s time to get ready for our Good Friday service at church. I’m grateful for the special emphasis of Holy Week in the Christian calendar…from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday and then Easter…focusing on Christ’s willingness to suffer on my behalf certainly helps put my struggles into perspective…light and momentary in the eternal scheme of things for sure. 🙂 May your struggles feel a little less daunting today too. Many Blessings to you dear friends.